One of the first things I do when thinking about new projects, or even existing business models, is mapping it out on the lean startup canvas. I am a big sucker for the lean canvas, it captures more on one page than most business plans in over thirty pages. That said, I am getting increasingly frustrated with it. The Lean Canvas, as an evolution of the Business Model Canvas, clearly comes from a business perspective and a certain profit-driven mindset. But, when you talk about tech startups, community-driven, or inherently open and social ventures, the Lean Canvas doesn’t only fall short in describing it, it is outright harmful. Similar to the saying “bad information is worse than no information at all”, the Lean Canvas could give you false confidence by putting you and your idea into a certain structure. Yet this structure is not necessarily suitable for your endeavour and could actually drive you off your path.